Kill a cop and grow old on death row? So sorry for you, we can’t execute you.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday night denying a request from the Alabama attorney general, meaning the execution of death row inmate Vernon Madison will not go forward tonight.
Madison was set to be executed at 6 p.m., until a federal appellate court on Thursday granted his attorneys’ request for a stay of execution.
He was convicted in the April 1985 slaying of Mobile police Cpl. Julius Schulte, who was responding to a domestic disturbance call.
Madison’s attorneys, from the Montgomery-based nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, have been seeking a stay from state and federal courts since the execution date was set in March. Madison has claimed that he is mentally incompetent to be executed.
The case was brought to the Supreme Court on Thursday after the Alabama Attorney General’s office sought to overturn the stay of execution.
Strokes and dementia have left Vernon Madison unable to understand his death sentence.
Good kill him.
What did this a-hole do?
Vernon Madison was charged and convicted of murdering Mobile police Corporal Julius Schulte in 1985. Schulte was responding to a missing child report from Madison’s girlfriend, Cheryl Ann Greene, about her 10-year-old daughter.
Schulte arrived to learn that it had been a misunderstanding. However, he was in time to hear a domestic disturbance between Greene and Madison. According to AL.com, Greene testified that Schulte said, “Son, just get your things and go. Don’t create a disturbance in the street.”
Instead of leaving, Madison shot Schulte through the driver’s window and Greene in the back as she tried to flee. Greene survived the incident, Schulte did not. The officer was remembered for his compassion in the community.
Odd, this isn’t mentioned in every story.
Trump making nice with big donors…
The candidate who repeatedly says he is self-funding and decries big money in politics sure attracts a lot of “super PAC” support, as another super PAC has spawned to support Donald J. Trump’s general election campaign.
Formed by former members of Ben Carson’s campaign, former military officers, Republican strategists and businessmen, the super PAC, the Committee for American Sovereignty, is pledging to raise $20 million before the Republican National Convention in July.
In a release, the group said it would spend both on paid broadcast and digital media advertisements, as well as on field programs, voter registration programs and get out the vote operations.
…and the Washington elite!
Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan concluded their highly anticipated meeting Thursday amid signals that the Republican Party will work to piece itself together after a fractious primary.
“While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground,” Trump and Ryan said in a joint statement. “We will be having additional discussions, but remain confident there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall, and we are totally committed to working together to achieve that goal.”
Trump should contribute (rather than loan) money to his own campaign. Trump has currently loaned his campaign $36 million of his own money under a legal structure that allows him to use donor money to repay himself. Furthermore, a significant amount of this loan has gone to pay for rent and services from Trump-owned companies. This creates a threshold problem for potential large donors. As a gesture of good faith to the people that his team will now be soliciting for funds, he should promptly file an FEC report indicating that his personal loans to date have been forgiven. This action would transform the loans into contributions, thereby taking uncertainty off the table and letting future donors know that their money will go toward a campaign to defeat Hillary — not lining the billionaire’s pockets.
1. Ryan did not endorse Trump, and did not commit to doing so.
“Do you expect to endorse him?” a reporter asked Ryan. “Yeah, I think this is going in a positive direction,” Ryan said. He later called the meeting “an encouraging start.” It’s likely that Ryan will drag out this process as long as possible. There’s very little trust between the two men, and Ryan knows that whatever he might get Trump to agree to, Trump is just as likely to abandon it within 24 hours. Trump agreed in the joint statement to “advance a conservative agenda,” but just days ago he was dismissing the idea that the Republican Party’s identity is based on its conservative ideas.
Ryan did go out of his way to compliment the depth of Trump’s support, noting that he’s received “more votes than any Republican primary nominee in the history of our country.” But Ryan made clear that he sees himself as representing the 17 million people who voted against Trump — who himself has received the support of 10.7 million people — in the Republican primary. “There are people who were for Donald Trump, who were for Ted Cruz, or for John Kasich, who were for Marco Rubio and everybody else. And it’s very important that we don’t fake unifying,” Ryan said.
He will fold.
Trump’s butler is racist!
Authorities confirmed 9-year-old Carlie Trent was found yesterday afternoon more than a week after she was kidnapped by her uncle in Tennessee.
Donnie Lawson, Stuart Franklin, Larry Hamblen and Roger Carpenter — a Baptist minister — were searching a rural property out in Hawkins County when they stumbled upon little Carlie Trent and her uncle, 57-year-old Gary Simpson, Franklin told the Daily News.
Carpenter held Simpson at gunpoint while Lawson went to call the authorities. The remote area was accessible only with four-wheel drive vehicles and had limited cell phone service, said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn.
The girl and her uncle were discovered just 20 miles from Rogersville, where Carlie had been in school last Wednesday when Simpson pulled her from class under the false pretense that her father had been in a serious car wreck.
When Carlie never got off the school bus that afternoon, her family began to worry and contacted police. Authorities in Eastern Tennessee began a search that evening; an AMBER Alert was issued the next day.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation received more than 2,000 tips and reported sightings from at least 19 different states before Simpson was captured and the girl saved Thursday afternoon — just miles from home.
Franklin, who helped find Carlie, said his group had ridden some 90 miles on ATVs searching some 40 rural properties Thursday. They were about ready to give up for the day when they checked one last area in Gravelly Valley.
Franklin told The News he isn’t allowed to divulge details of the moment they found the girl, but thanked the community for their prayers.
“Prayers do work and the girl is safe now,” he said. “If there is hope in every situation like this when looking for missing people, every person in the community needs to do their part in looking and helping search buildings and places for missing folks.”
“I am very pleased and relieved tonight to announce that the AMBER Alert issued for the Rogersville Police Department on May 5, for Carlie Trent, has been successfully resolved,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said. “Carlie is safe tonight because an entire community pulled together and worked with law enforcement to bring her home.”
The Obama administration will send a letter to every public school district in the country telling them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity, as opposed to their birth certificate.
The letter, which is signed by officials at the Justice Department and the Department of Education, will be sent out to the districts on Friday.
While the letter does not have the force of law, it does warn that schools that do not abide by the administration’s interpretation of civil rights law may face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.
“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.
Officials say the letter is meant to clarify expectations of school districts that receive funding from the federal government. Educators have been seeking guidance on how to comply with Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal funding, Education Secretary John B. King said in a statement.
You will be made to care.
Zimmerman, now 32, has said he was defending himself when he killed Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in a gated community near Orlando. Martin, who lived in Miami with his mother, was visiting his father at the time.
Zimmerman, who identifies as Hispanic, was acquitted in Martin’s February 2012 shooting death. The case sparked protests and a national debate about race relations. The Justice Department later decided not to prosecute Zimmerman on civil rights charges.
Lucy McBath, the mother of another black teenager shot by a white man during an argument at a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012, said the auction reflected a “deplorable lack of value for human life.”
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